Dec 8, 2012 2:00am PST
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Dec 14, 2012 8:00pm PST
supporting gun control. he actually beat one longtime democrat joe baca in california with a last-minute money dump and now a pro-gun democrat is being replaced by pro-gun control democrat. >> isn't the problem on this issue the people who want to protect gun rights are the ones who really vote on the issue, and that's always been the problem because they're energized, the ones who want to restrict gun rights or have gun control laws are not as motivated. >> democrats remember just how bad the n.r.a. was for them back in 1994 after the assault weapons ban passed. n.r.a. went after a number of rural democrats in areas that weren't inside the city and effectively beat a number of them. there are a lot of democrats who still blame the n.r.a. for losing control of the house in '94. >> you mentioned this barely came up in 2012 campaign. it's been very hard to understand exactly what president obama's own position has been on this. but he has been cautious usually in the past not to take the moment of these shootings and use that for a political purpose. it's a very delicate thing. some critic